Portugal just approved a new law stating that cafeterias at all schools, universities, hospitals, prisons and other public buildings must serve plant-based options.
Within the next six months, all public cafeterias have to add at least one animal-free food choice, also known as a “strict vegetarian option.”
“This is after the Portuguese Vegetarian Society circulated a petition that ended up amassing more than 15,000 signatures, and was discussed at the country’s parliament at the beginning of 2016,” Metro wrote.
According to Nuno Alvim, a spokesperson for Associação Vegetariana Portuguesa: “We feel this is a major breakthrough in Portugal because it’s the first time we have any law that specifically mentions vegetarianism.
“It will promote diversity of eating habits and encourage more people to choose the veggie option as it becomes more widely available.”